Month: January 2016


So, I went to the cinema again today.

This is the first chance my husband has had to go to the cinema this year so far and when I asked him what he wanted to see, he smirked and said… Star Wars?

Like I was really going to argue with him!!

As I walked into the cinema, it occurred to me that there are quite a few movies currently showing that I want to see.
Some of them Oscar nominated.
The Revenant, Room, The Big Short, Creed, Dirty Grandpa…… even The Danish Girl before it disappears!

I have been to the cinema a grand total of 8 times since Dec 18th and all of them were for Star Wars.
That really has to be it.
Time to try something new.

I can’t confirm anything yet but it looks like we may be getting an April Bluray release!
That’s pretty damned quick!
I thinks I can give Star Wars a rest for a while.

Anyway, sitting here on my computer I have just discovered a new photo from another one of my obsessions.
Joel Kinnaman likes to keep himself to himself but with the release of Suicide Squad looming, I’m expecting to see more of him on multi media platforms.

Today I came across this candid snap of him with his Tattoo artist girlfriend, Cleo Wattenstrom, and cinematographer Michel Migles.


I did a bit of a double take when I realised he’s had some new ink work done… surprise surprise!!
He already had a beautiful piece of work on his left arm but he’s added to it with a stunning shoulder piece.
It’s very new because it certainly wasn’t there during filming for Suicide Squad!


To finish the day off, the bugs seem to be leaving the house.
Murron is definately back to her old self and is off out with her friends.
Dharma has had a much better day today. She seems to have gotten over the worst of whatever was ailing her and apart from developing a cold, she’s pretty much back to her bubbly self.
I’m not stressing about her any more.

End of January.
End of a shitty month all round.
Hopefully things can only get better for the rest of the year.


To all my Tumblr colleagues.
I have used a few Gifs in this blog.
They are Gifs that I have simply collected to look at on my own computer occasionally, however, some of them were irrisistable for this blog.
Unfortuantely I can’t remember who’s they are and would love to give credit where credit is due. If you are the original creator or know who they are, let me know and I will update my post accordingly.

This is a blog I’ve been meaning to write for over 4 months now.
I had the title and saved it and it’s been sitting there, waiting for the right time.
I think that now is that time.

I kind of had a start back on January 2nd with a blog entitled “WHERE DID IT ALL START”

That blog basically covered when I started obsessing and analysed the build up over the years.

It’s no secret that movies have always been a bit of an obsession of mine.
But what people probably don’t really know about me is that that obsession has recently taken a sinister turn.
God that makes it sound really weird!! Maybe sinister is the wrong word.

An ‘odd’ turn may be more appropriate.

Interest in films and various actors has always been a hobby of mine but back in 2012, it took an unnerving turn into obsession.
To this day, I couldn’t tell you what the trigger was or in fact, still is, because it’s happened four times now.

All I remember is, going to see a film that my husband wanted to see, about a character that my husband grew up reading about in comics.
Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see the film but Judge Dredd was never my thing as a kid.
Dredd 3D was an immense film that had an immense cockup with it’s marketing.
They limited it to exclusively 3D showings and basically cut out half of it’s market.
Not everyone wants to see a film in 3D, not everyone can afford the 3D supplement and some people actually struggle to see 3D.
The film was a critical success. Dredd fans loved it. The reviews came in thick and fast but unfortunately it bombed at the box office. Simply because of the lack of 2D showings and the abysmal marketing.

I came out of that film with the urge to find out more about it’s lead, Karl Urban.
For some reason I couldn’t get him out of my head.
That urge quickly turned into obsession.
I had already seen Karl in a few movies. Star Trek and Lord of the Rings but for some reason it wasn’t until I saw him as Dredd that my interest piqued.

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For some reason, that leather outfit and helmet really ‘did it’ for me.

This is when I got thrown into a world I really new nothing about.
It still baffles me sometimes.
While trawling the internet I suddenly realised that I wasn’t alone in my obsessing.
In fact, what I was doing was actually quite tame compared to some of the things I was witnessing on my internet travels.
It is during this time that I discovered ‘Tumblr’


My only issue with this site is that I feel like a Mum keeping an eye on my unruly teenager!
This site is predominantly for the younger peeps in life.
I tend to watch what’s going on rather than interact directly.
My blog is linked to the site so that every time I blog, it shows up on my dashboard on Tumblr.
This site is all I need to feed my obsession.
The photos, the animated Gifs, the incredible artwork created by the other very talented members of Tumblr, the theories about favourite movie characters, youtube hits on things I would never have found on my own.
Once I start on Tumblr it’s very difficult to stop!

So, four obsessions later, I’m still Tumbling.
Four obsessions who are totally different.

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In my earlier post in January I stated that “My computer currently has folders of pictures that I can look at and print at my hearts content. Back in my teens, this would have been known as my bedroom wall.”

I’m not kidding.
My bedroom walls were a scrap book of images.
They covered the walls from floor to ceiling like wallpaper and they had been stuck on with wallpaper paste. When a new picture was discovered it would simply be plastered over an old picture.

I’d like to think that I’m a little more restrained these days but then I look at my living room and my desk space and I think that restrained is the wrong word!!
Controlled or deliberate may be a better use of words, whatever, I do know that my Mum hates it!!
The poster frames are great. It means that we can change the look and feel of a room by simply changing the posters occasionally.

When I look at my desk space I see shadows of my former bedroom.
The wall space is slowly getting covered and little nic nacs of memorabilia are creeping in.


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That computer is holding hundreds of photos!
The photos that would have originally been on my bedroom walls are now filed away and occasionally backed up on my Flikr account.
To date there are 944 of Karl Urban, 678 of Joel Kinnaman, a more restrained 190 of Jake Gyllenhaal and a mere 82 of Adam Driver but as the last two are fairly new obsessions, I’m sure those numbers will go up quickly.

It’s strange, those pictures are there simply for me to have a browse through occasionally and every now and again I’ll pull one for a blog post.
Even when they are backed up to Flikr they are in private files that only I can look at.
All of my other photos are public.

I’m seriously considering creating a hardcopy book that I can just keep adding to occasionally but that’s time and money I just don’t have at the moment.

So, what starts the obsessing?

The films that kicked off my obsessions, in order are…….
Dredd 3D, Robocop, Southpaw and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Let’s take a look at the characters the obsessions were playing…….

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What’s the first thing you notice?
With the exception of Jake Gyllenhaal, they are dressed in black (OK Jake is in black) with their faces covered.
They are unrecognisable as the actors playing them.
That said, Jake had transformed himself to virtually unrecognisable to play Billy Hope in Southpaw.

The current obsession has the potential to be the biggest obsession yet!
With the 2nd in the new Star Wars Trilogy set to hit the big screen in 2017 and the 3rd installment in 2019, my obsession with Adam Driver and espcially Kylo Ren is going to go into overdrive.

In ‘The Force Awakens’, from the moment he revealed himself to Rey and realised he could be equalled or even outmatched….

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through all of his tantrums…..

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to the events on the bridge with Han……

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When he utters the words ‘I’m being torn apart’ and ‘I want to be free of this pain’ my heart ached for him!! Literally ached!

I am hoping we get one hell of a redemption arc in the next two movies because if they kill him off in the next one I think I’ll cry!!

So, what happens when the obsession strikes?

A rabbid hunt for anything the actor has done in the past is the first thing.
Movies and TV shows you wouldn’t have even thought about watching or even knew existed are now something you ‘have’ to watch.
Some of it is good, some of it is great but inevitably there are some real duds.
“Cough….Accidental Hero… cough cough…..sorry Jake!!”
Followed by keeping an eye on what they are currently doing or planning to do.
Tumbling for new images on a daily basis.
Checking in on IMDB to see if anything has been added to their filmography.

It’s what keeps me happy and constantly entertained.
I love being obsessed and it most certainly is an art form that not many people understand!

I thank my lucky stars that my husband understands.
He’s happy that he can drool over some of his favourite actresses without complaint from me, so I think we’re even.


Ok, Star Wars has a lot to answer for!
Not only did it initially give us this……

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but it has just delivered my current favourite obsession……

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and there along side him and being all heroic was this little fellow!!

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I say little when in fact he’s 5 foot 8 and half inches tall which is a clear 2 and half inches taller than myself.
However, he is dwarfed by most of his current film colleagues and this actually makes him look quite endeering and dare I say… cute!!!

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Take a close look at this photo of the cast and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Notice anything about Oscar?
He’s standing on a box!!

Poe box!

Oscar Isaac.
36 years old, born in Guatamala and raised in Florida.
I haven’t seen too much of his work yet, but what I have seen is very promising.
Inside Llewyn Davis was brilliant and made all the more enjoyable by a hilarious appearance from Adam Driver!…… Outer Space!!

I had a bit of a duh! moment the other night after realising that he stars in another one of my favourite films, Ex Machina.
His look in that was very different and I literally did a bit of a double take.

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One thing that film proves is that he certainly has some moves!

So, Oscar Isaac is one to watch out for!
He is currently filming for Star Wars Episode VIII but can be seen later this year as ‘Apocalypse’ in the new X-Men movie.

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I’d say that put him in the unrecognisable category!!!


It’s not even the end of January and already I’ve had enough!!

After the last week in particular I just feel completely drained.
Today, with Ian away on a jolly with work, I have two kids at home.
Murron is recouperating after her stay in hospital and Dharma may be having another flare up of her tummy problems.
My knee is killing me and I’ve developed a pain in the foot I had an op on a couple of years ago but on the opposite side.
I’ve spent the morning paying bills and doing a big top up shop and now I’m done!!

To add to all my worries, todays paycheck was the last of the usual pay checks.
As of next month we are on the first of Ian’s reduced pay so this top up shop has got to last!!
Soup, beans, noodles and anything cheap is the order of the day for the forseeable future.
Oh well, I needed to get this diet started!

I am at work tomorrow and then on Thursday I have to ferry Murron to the hospital, not once, but twice!
They want her to have her blood test in the morning and go back in the afternoon for her follow up.
Yeah, easier said than done with the state of the parking at the moment.

So, that’s it for today.
Time to chill.
Think I’m going to blog another Dish of the Week while listening to some movie music nice and loud!! and then I’m going to put my feet up a watch a couple of movies.


Murron was finally discharged today.
She was a lot brighter and happier when I went to see her.

I just have to get her to take it easy for the rest of the week now.
She has to go back for a blood test and a follow up on Thursday but hopefully that’s the end of this little saga.

Just chilling now before bed and then back to the hospital for work!!
I don’t know why I just don’t rent a room in the place.


Murron was quite chipper yesterday.
She didn’t have a temperature but as she had the fan on and the window open and was still feeling hot and clammy while I froze for the afternoon, I’m not so sure!!!

Anyway, we got through 3 chick flicks together.
Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bride Wars and Benny and Joon.

I love Benny and Joon. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it.
One of my favourite Johnny Depp movies. He’s adorable in it!

Anyway, as Murron was looking better we enquired about her chances of being moved onto oral antibiotics and sent home.
So the Doctors were called and they came to review.
We didn’t quite get the answer we were looking for.
After 48 hours of IV antibiotics her CRP (infection markers that should be under 5) had gone up from just 21 to 159!
That couple with the fact that her blood cultures hadn’t come back yet meant that they wanted her to stay on IV antibiotics until they got the culture results.
So I had to leave her for a 4th night.

At about 21:30 last night I received a text saying that she was being moved.
Being Murron, she didn’t ask where or why so I told her to find out and let me know.
She was told that when A&E get busy they move the healthier patients who are close to discharge to the ward she was moved to.
I’m hoping this means that the cultures came back negative and after a blood test this morning that should ‘hopefully’ show signs of the CRP coming down, she’ll be let home.

We’ll see.
Otherwise, it will be another movie marathon this afternoon.


So, Murron is still in hospital.
She was still spiking a temperature of 39.8 this afternoon and that’s nearly 2 days after starting IV antibiotics.
She’s still in quite a bit of pain but has had a scan that confirms there are no stones, which is good news.

Anyway, the last couple of days have been a little difficult to say the least.
Not only because Murron is in hospital but because she is now on an adult ward!
Cutting the last of the apron strings has been a bit tough because Murron is not very forthcoming in asking questions and doesn’t really understand that she needs to take control of her own hospital care now.
I am limited to when I can visit and I worry that she will not be very pro-active when talking to Doctors and nurses.

She had to have a second canula today after the first one failed quite dramatically leaving her with a lovely swelling on her arm.
So, sitting with her this evening she was chatting away to friends and invited some to come and see her.
Feeling like spare parts, me and her Dad decided to call it an evening and leave her to her friends.
Somehow, it doesn’t seem right!!
I know she’s 18 but she’s still my baby.
I’m finding that letting her get on with it is harder than I expected it to be.

On the plus side….. at least we can catch that showing of Star Wars we missed on Wednesday!!